Vegan Serendib

Dark roasted curry powder, a fine attention to the balance of salty-sour-sweet, wholesome red rice and toasted curry leaves, plenty of coconut milk and chili heat. These are the flavors of Sri Lanka.

In Vegan Serendib, novelist and post-colonial academic Mary Anne Mohanraj introduces her mother’s cooking and her own American adaptations, providing an introduction to Sri Lankan American vegan cooking that is straightforward enough for a beginner, yet nuanced enough to capture the unique flavors of Sri Lankan cuisine.

Cooking Class: Sri Lankan Brunch (in person)


Cooking with Mary Anne! Learn how to make a classic Sri Lankan brunch of hoppers (with both egg hopper and sweet coconut hopper variations), along with coconut (pol) sambol accompaniment. Served with an accompanying fish or jackfruit curry, and mango-passionfruit mimosas.

  • Sunday, September 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • $60 / person (or $85 / person, which includes a signed copy of A Feast of Serendib and a 4 oz. sampler of homemade Sri Lankan curry powder).

  • Limit 8 in class.

  • 332 Wisconsin Ave, Oak Park, Illinois

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In March 2020, Mary Anne hauled out her sewing machine and started sewing masks.  After several months of that, she started designing her own fabric (some of it, like “Heartplanets,” in collaboration with her daughter, Kavi Whyte), which is now available through Spoonflower as both fabric and already-sewn home decor items.

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Another teaching day, another matching mask. (This is a Zoom pic even though it’s in-person teaching because I had two students sick who wanted to Zoom into class today; I generally allow that, since my classes are fairly small and it’s not too hard to manage.) This is another dress-to-tunic

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The story of

Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of A Feast of Serendib, Bodies in Motion, The Stars Change, and twelve other titles. Other recent publications include stories for George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series, Perennial: A Garden Romance (Tincture), stories at Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed, and an essay in Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies.


Mohanraj founded Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning speculative literature magazine Strange Horizons, and serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit ( and the Speculative Literature Foundation (  She is Clinical Associate Professor of fiction and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Books Published

Current Books Progress

Vegan Serendib 99%
Jump Space 95%
Cancer Log 50%